Your major in Communication Studies will provide you with a broad-based understanding of the role that communication plays in a number of different professional paths, including healthcare advocacy, negotiation, human resource management, and consumer rights, among many others. While completing the core courses, you may choose to develop your own program of study, tailoring it to your career goals. Or, you may select to choose one of the three clusters/tracks of study: Negotiation and Dialogue, Culture, Identity, and Relationships, or Rhetoric and Argumentation. Those wishing to pursue this major are strongly encouraged to complete one of three internship opportunities/semesters extended by the Department: The Washington, D.C. Program, the Civic Engagement semester, or the Presidential Campaign semester.

Required Courses

Number Course Credits
CC 203 Intercultural Communications 4
CC 263 Argument and Advocacy 4
CC 266 Conflict and Negotiation 4

CC 303
or
CC305

Survey Research Methods

Communication Research Methods

4

4

CC 304
or
CC308

Strategic Digital Communication

Online Content and Strategy

4

4

CC 475
or
CC 476

Capstone in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy

Capstone in Communication Studies

4

4

  Related electives: 20 credits in Communication Studies, including at least one at the 400 level. 20

All Communication Studies majors complete a senior thesis or capstone project.

Suggested Tracks Within the Communication Studies Major:

RHETORIC AND ARGUMENTATION

Select 20 credits from the following:

Number Course Credits
CC 210 Culture, Diversity and Health Communication 4
CC 214 Mental health, Media, and Public Policy 4
CC 220 Public Discourse in the United States 4
CC 262 Professional Communication 4
CC 265 Professional Voice and Speech 4
CC 280 Communication Theory 4
CC 315 Introduction to Nonprofit Communications Management 4
CC 331 Digital Storytelling 4
CC 344 Rhetoric of Social Movements 4
CC 356 Crisis Communication 4
CC 357 Leadership 4
CC 361 Public Diplomacy and Grassroots Activism 4
CC 372 Topics in Communication Studies 4
CC 472 Advanced Topics in Communication Studies 4
CC 480 Rosarito Public Diplomacy Workshop 4
CC 498 Directed Study in Communication 4
CC 499 Internship in Communication 4

Culture, Identity, and Relationships

Requirements: 20 credits from the following:

Number Course Credits
CC 160 Interpersonal Communication Skills 4
CC 204 Communication and Cultural identity in a Global Perspective: The Netherlands 4
CC 260 Group and Team Communication 4
CC 265 Professional Voice and Speech 4
CC 280 Communication Theory 4
CC 290 Communication and Cultural Immersion: Paris, France 4
CC 372 Topics in Communication Studies 4
CC 421 Family Communication 4
CC 472 Advanced Topics in Communication Studies 4
CC 498 Directed Study in Communication 4
CC 499 Internship in Communication 4
SO 180 Culture and Power 4
SO 206 Gender in a Global Perspective 4

NEGOTIATION AND DIALOGUE

Requirements: 20 credits from the following:

Number Course Credits
CC 260 Communication in Groups and Teams 4
CC 262 Professional Communication 4
CC 330 Management and Communication 4
CC 356 Crisis Communication 4
CC 357 Leadership 4
CC 361 Public Diplomacy and Grassroots Activism 4
CC 372 Topics in Communication Studies 4
CC 415 Mediation, Facilitation, and Dialogue 4
CC 472 Advanced Topics in Communication Studies 4
CC 480 Rosarito Public Diplomacy Workshop 4
CC 498 Directed Study in Communication 4
CC 499 Internship in Communication 4